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Afridi Leads Pakistan to World Cup Win; Ponting Is Reprimanded

Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Shahid Afridi took five wickets to lead Pakistan to a 205-run victory over Kenya in its opening match at the Cricket World Cup.

Afridi claimed 5-16, the best figures by a Pakistan bowler at the World Cup, as his team dismissed Kenya for 112 after racking up 317-7 in Hambantota, Sri Lanka yesterday. Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq hit half centuries.

All-rounder Afridi said his team needs to raise the scoring rate in its next Group A game against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Feb. 26. Pakistan lost openers Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad within seven overs to slump to 12-2 against the Kenyans.

“We should be more positive in the batting,” Afridi said at the presentation ceremony. “The next game is very important for us, I think it will become harder. We learned a lot of things from here. I know that was a little bit of a slow track but we should start in a positive way.”

Kenya, a bottom-ranked 13th in the one-day standings, gave away 46 extras, including 37 wides. The Africans have lost both games so far, after a 10-wicket defeat to New Zealand.

“Every time we got a wicket we gave a few runs here and there and that should not be the case,” captain Jimmy Kamande said. “We should be getting on top of the other team.”

Kenya plays Sri Lanka in Colombo in its next game on March 1. South Africa and West Indies meet today in New Delhi.

Sixth-ranked Pakistan, which won the World Cup in 1992, is without Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, who were banned earlier this month for violating the sport’s anti-corruption code.

The top four teams from each of the two seven-team groups advance to the quarterfinals after a round-robin competition.

Ponting Reprimand

Away from the pitch, Australia captain Ricky Ponting was reprimanded by the International Cricket Council after damaging a television during his team’s opening match against Zimbabwe.

Ponting breached a clause in the ICC Code of Conduct that covers “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match,” cricket’s ruling body said in an e-mailed statement.

The incident occurred shortly after Ponting, 36, was run out during Australia’s 91-run win over Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad, India, three days ago. He caused “some damage” to a television set in the team dressing room when he threw down a piece of equipment which bounced off his kit bag and hit the corner of the television, the ICC said.

“Ricky knows that his action was in breach of the code, involving a brief moment of frustration,” match referee Roshan Mahanama said in the statement. “That said, it was clear that the damage he caused was purely accidental and without malice, he apologized shortly after the incident at the ground and immediately agreed to pay for the damage.”

Ponting, who’s trying to become the first captain to win three consecutive World Cup titles, accepted the reprimanded, meaning there was no need for a formal disciplinary hearing, the ICC said.

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